A Drawing In Honor of the Late Joan Rivers And Some Other Things

Joan Rivers was one of those figures of pop culture past that was seen and heard often in America’s living rooms.  She was loud, happy, always smiling or laughing, and not afraid to voice her opinion.  She was certainly a woman who made it to the tippy top in a male-dominated niche.  A writer, actress, comedienne, producer, and talk show host, she was a jack of all trades.  She was a role model by default, because there were almost no others like her around at the time.   (Betty White was right there too, I know).  Joan Rivers didn’t seem to feel embarrassed about herself.  She was who she was, spoke her mind clearly, often offended others, and went about her life.  I liked that about her.  I’m always wanting to be able to speak more of what’s on my mind and then simply go about my daily life.   For instance, the next time I pass that snooty mom in the hall at my kids’ school, I’d like to be able to simply say, “Look, you know me and I know you.  I mean heck, we’ve known each other for almost seven friggin’ years.  When I say hi to you, you really don’t have to act so surprised.”  I probably wont say that.  In fact I KNOW I wont say that.  But I can write it and post it!  I still have time to practice my forward attitude I suppose.

Sadly, time runs out for us all as it has for Joan Rivers.  Here’s a comic-style drawing, which I think resembles Rivers, post plastic surgery of course:



Speaking of America’s living rooms, I’ve been practicing my sketching ability.  You see, I got this AWESOME book (surprise surprise) called “Urban Sketching: the complete guide to techniques” by Thomas Thorspecken who has an equally awesome blog about sketching in the field called Analog Artist Digital World. Below are two attempts at sketching my everyday surroundings using a curved perspective, which Thorspecken does soooo well!


These two views of my American living room have wintery thoughts written on them.  I tend to psych myself up, somehow through my art making, for the impending cold (frozen) Maine winters.



I used a micron pen, watercolor, workable fixative, then colored pencil. Thorspecken does an amazing job with a micron pen. His lines are wibbly wobbly and his watercoloring is quick and almost gestural.  He doesn’t fuss.  The work that results from his technique is perfectly imperfect.  I’m in awe of it.

So, here’s to speaking your mind!

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  1. Cool perspective drawings! Would love to see your kitchen next!

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